Ex Gurkha Khukuri House is the finest and largest maker of traditional and modern khukuris in the world today. These knives are the “real thing” – true, authentic khukuris: Ex-Gurkha Khukuri House is proud to have supplied the British Army’s crack Gurkha regiments with the khukuris that they use in both drill and battle, world-wide: It doesn’t get any more “real” than that.
They have also supplied khukuris to Pakistan, the United States, German embassies, and a wide variety of military, police, and commercial security agencies in Nepal and throughout the world.
Each of our knives is handcrafted one-at-a-time by a traditional caste of smiths called “Kami,” – Each khukuri in our shop takes several Kami a full day to make by hand, utilizing both modern and centuries-old techniques of the metal smith’s art. They are quite affordable, making them one of the very best buys in the field of handmade knives.
We offer a wide range of varieties – more than 200 separate items, ranging from decorative and souvenir blades, and traditional Gurkha military and working knives, to the finest custom “presentation grade” khukuris.
We are currently housed in two locations, each filled with a vast array of khukuris and other knives, in all shapes, styles, sizes, and price ranges. Our showroom is located at Thamel-29 and Lazimpat, right in front of the Hotel Radisson. Our offices are located at Thamel -29, A-one Business Building, Second Floor, where we do all of our wholesaling, exporting, and online marketing. You are welcome to visit us, anytime, at either of these locations.
You are also welcome to visit our factory, Bishwakarma Khukuri Udyog - which is located in Dharan - Eastern Nepal, 650 kilometers from Kathmandu, to see how the khukuris are made and talk to our family of dedicated master craftsmen.
The factory is run under the careful guidance of Mr. Nawaraj Ramdam, who has been overseeing the manufacture of khukuris there for about 10 years.
Our factory has some 200 Kamis – the hereditary cast of khukuri makers that has preserved the art of crafting the khukuri, and handed it down from father to son – a tradition stretching back to the time of Alexander the Great.
In the mid-1700s, the warrior-king, Prithivi Naravan Shah used the khukuri to pacify the land and unify the kingdom of Nepal. After uniting the countryside, he divided the people into different castes and creed and re-formed the society along organized lines: Warriors; called “Chhetris” and famed for their bravery; became Gurkha soldiers. Brahmans who were dedicated to a spiritual life were organized to establish and promote religious functions… and so on throughout Nepalese society. At this time, metal workers who were skilled in the arts of blacksmithing and forging weapons to help keep the country strong, were organized into the caste of “Kami” that continues to this day.
Our own families of Kami at Ex Gurkha Khukuri House pride themselves as the modern inheritors of this ancient legacy. It is a proud tradition by any standard. To illustrate, when the great Japanese master craftsman, Amakune, made the first gracefully curved katana sword for the samurai, some 900 years ago, the art of the khukuri was already more than a thousand years old.
Our family of dedicated craftsmen work hard to carry on our ancient Nepalese tradition today. These are hereditary families, literally born to the art of crafting the khukuri.
Not so long ago, their art of crafting the khukuri was threatened with extinction. Times had changed, and the old ways of crafting the khukuri was in danger of being lost forever. Ex Gurkha Khukuri House was organized to preserve this ancient Nepalese tradition, and guarantee that the traditional, hereditary caste of smiths that preserve this knowledge, have a good income for their families and a place to practice their craft; as well as to teach and pass on this ancient tradition to the next generation. Today, these Kami are able to continue their ancient traditional profession in the Ex Gurkha Khukuri House family.
Our Kami come from all over Nepal and proudly represent the various, distinctive styles and traditions of khukuri making from Bhojpure, Salvan, Dhankuta, and Chainpure. They are the living repositories of the art and science of crafting the Nepalese khukuri.
Their extensive knowledge and experience allows them to produce any style or design of khukuri there is. Should you desire a custom khukuri of any design, or an ornate engraved “presentation” model khukuri – rest assured, these dedicated craftsmen can make you anything you wish.
The Gurkha warriors, who use our khukuris in areas of conflict throughout the world, literally bet their lives on our blades, and we do not disappoint them.
Our khukuris are original, strong, sharp, and graceful. They are hammered by hand out of red-hot high-grade carbon steel, handled, polished, sharpened, and sheathed one-at-a-time, by the master craftsmen utilizing both ancient methods and a few modern methods.
From early childhood, our Managing Director, Mr. Himal Raj Giri, has been fascinated by the khukuri.
He was literally born to this tradition - Born into a “Chhetris” family – the hereditary warrior caste of Nepal – he was told stories of glory and adventure of the Gurkha soldiers by his Grandfather, who was himself a Gurkha.
Himal began training in the martial arts at age 10, and received his black belt in the Kyokushin Kai system of Japanese Karate, founded by the late master Masutatsu Oyama – a system famed throughout the world for the toughness of its training methods. Upon receiving his first dan black belt in his early 20s, he began teaching the younger students. He also resolved to combine the art of karate with the art of the traditional Nepalese khukuri.
To further broaden his understanding of the khukuri he began working in a khukri manufacturing house in Thamal, and served as a manager there for five years, learning everything he could about its craftsmanship, history, and traditions; as well as the history, beliefs, customs, and traditions of Nepal’s Gurkha warriors.
The knowledge and respect for those traditions he gained in these years; as well as his ongoing fascination with the khukuri; inspired him to found Ex-Gurkha Khukuri House, with the idea of promoting khukuris and other products of Nepalese craftsmanship, as well as giving human dignity, a better life, and a better income to the caste of hereditary “Kami” and other workers who preserve the tradition of crafting the Nepalese khukuri.
Today, Himal Raj Giri remains dedicated to providing his customers with the best service possible, and the best possible value for their money. As awareness of the quality and tradition of genuine Gurkha khukuris continues to spread throughout the world, he continues to be devoted to the task of meeting the increasing demands for their export, while preserving the quality of these fine, handcrafted Nepalese knives.
Under his guidance, Ex-Gurkha Khukuri House continues its commitment to exporting the best traditional khukuris throughout the world.